HORSHAM’S Jed Prouse is a young swimmer on the rise.
Prouse began swimming with Horsham Swimming Club at about the age of 10 and quickly developed a passion for the sport.
Now 17, Prouse is one of the top swimmers in his age group in Victoria.
In August, Prouse swam at the Victorian Country Short Course Championship in Wangaratta and won a bronze medal in the 200-metre breaststroke event.
He backed up the result with a seventh-place finish at September’s Victorian Age Short Course Swimming Championship – again in the 200-metre breaststroke.
With the national titles in April next year, Prouse is focusing on achieving a national time in his favoured events – the 100 and 200-metre breaststroke and the 100-metre backstroke.
He said the goal of achieving a national time spurred him on in training.
“I wouldn’t say I’m confident of getting there but I’m kind of excited about it in a way,” he said.
“Trying to get a national time has got me to where I am at the minute.”
Prouse now resides in Ballarat where he boards at Ballarat Grammar School.
He trains six mornings and two nights a week, getting up at 5.15am each morning to train.
Prouse swims for Ballarat Gold Swimming Club but will return to Horsham at the weekend for the Horsham swimming meet at Horsham Aquatic Centre on Saturday.
He said he always enjoyed returning to Horsham and seeing his old coaches, who he said inspired him to be a competitive swimmer.
“It will be good and I’m looking forward to it – it’s a lot of fun coming back and swimming in Horsham,” he said.
Prouse, who has just finished year 11, said he was considering taking a gap year in 2015 to concentrate on swimming after finishing high school.
He said his dream was to represent Australia.